City of Karratha

City Investment and Partnership

The City of Karratha’s preference is to create market conditions that enable the private sector to take up local business opportunities. We believe in our place and our opportunities. The City has a great culture, local leadership and passionate staff who come to work every day to make an impact and difference in their community. 
The City has partnered with private sector and government agencies to provide support and funding to a range of initiatives that address business gaps and opportunities within the City. The City is committed to facilitating investment business activity through partnerships that deliver projects that result in wide-reaching economic benefits for the economy. 
To achieve our desired economic development outcomes, we choose to:
  • Enable and facilitate opportunities by creating the right conditions for business to thrive, attract new investment and grow
  • Advocate for private and public investment, address challenges and leverage strengths to further economic development
  • Deliver and implement projects and activities that will have an economic impact using our own assets or in partnership with others

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Current Projects 
Major Event Sponsorship and Attraction Program
Major events positively impact local economies while providing wellbeing, lifestyle and cultural benefits to local residents and visitors. 
Through the MESAP initiative, the City of Karratha can provide financial support in growing and attracting events and activities with a regional focus.   
Examples of funded opportunities include; sporting and cultural events, regional shows, festivals and fairs, conferences, seminars and regional meetings. 
Download the MESAP Policy
Download the MESAP Guidelines
For more information, contact the City Growth team on 9186 8555 or enquiries@karratha.wa.gov.au
Destination Management Plan
In 2018 the City of Karratha invested in the development of a Destination Management Plan to identify opportunities and strategies for strengthening the local tourism industry and growing the visitor economy overall. 
The DMP provides a plan for the whole tourism industry, from solo operator’s right through to larger businesses, associations and all levels of government. 
Download the City of Karratha’s Destination Management Plan here
Pilbara Freight Study 
Recent studies by the City of Karratha and Pilbara Development Commission have found the establishment of a direct maritime freight link could halve the cost of transporting goods to Pilbara-based businesses. 
The City of Karratha and the Pilbara Development Commission worked in collaboration to independently fund two separate but related studies on freight into the Pilbara. 
The combined findings of the reports identified that there is sufficient demand through cargo aggregation for new direct maritime freight links to major Asian trans-shipment ports. 
Download the City of Karratha’s Pilbara Freight Study here.
Eco Hub
A business case developed to assess the viability of the City facilitating the development of Eco Hub found that if both stage one and two of the project proceeded, it would deliver $241 million to the local economy, create up to 406 local jobs with salaries and wages totalling $32.6 million and increase the GRP by $103.8 million. 
Interested proponents for the hub include: Eco Mag, WRS Bioproducts, Rainstorm Dust Control, Sahara Forest project and Yara Pilbara Fertilisers. Other industry opportunities for the site include renewable energy, potash, algae and Aboriginal agriculture and indigenous food. 
The City is assessing the business case to determine the next steps.
Wanggalili Project
Local Yindjibarndi grown plants have been successfully harvested and sown for propagation trials in the Kings Park Nursery. 
The trials are part of feasibility study that will be used to develop a business case for the establishment of a sustainable and commercially viable Aboriginal managed agriculture and manufacturing business. 
The project is a collaborative initiative between Juluwarlu Group Aboriginal Corporation, Yurra, Woollahra Group, BBI Group, the Pilbara Development Commission, Sahara Forrest Project, Abundance Produce Australia and the City of Karratha.  
Sahara Forest Project Intensive Agriculture Feasibility Study 
A study into the viability of establishing an innovative greenhouse facility has identified a number of attractive industrial synergies, which would add value to the local community, investors and the environment. 
The Sahara Forrest Project assessed the viability of a two or 20 hectare greenhouse facility and found that the establishment of an “eco-hub” would increase the competitiveness of the project. Read the report here.
Pilbara Rock Oyster Research and Development Project
A trial oyster farm has been established on the Burrup Peninsula to determine the viability of developing a commercial oyster industry within the City of Karratha. 
If successful, the project would create local jobs and help diversify our economy. For more information, click here
Renewable Energy Study 
An analysis on land options for the development of commercial scale renewable energy systems identified more than 119,000 ha highly suitable for solar generation within the City of Karratha. 
The study, which also looked into wind energy, concluded the options for developing solar farms were considerably greater than the sites suitable for wind farming. 
Variables such as land tenure, site conditions, system costs, grid connection and power offtake have not been factored into the report, as such the City is seeking to partner with key stakeholders to progress the project. 
Download the City of Karratha’s Renewable Energy Report here
Red Earth Arts Precinct 
The Red Earth Arts Precinct provides state of the art community and conferencing facilities which has created a civic heart and contributed to the viability and vitality of the region. 
From large scale events such as concerts and festivals, to daily movie screenings and community events and programs, the facility’s 450 seat theatre, outdoor event space/amphitheater, library and rooftop terrace and cinema has been positively received by the City’s residents and visitors alike. 
Beyond creating a vibrant cultural hub, the precinct has supported the attraction of high profile industry conferences which benefit local small business and showcase our region as a business destination Australia wide.  
The venue is set to host two major economic conferences in 2019 - the Developing Northern Australia Conference and the WA Regional Tourism Conference
Our aim is to become the location of choice for a variety of conferences, summits and expos. As such, the City is actively supporting the attraction of major events to the region through the provision of financial support under its Major Events Sponsorship and Attraction Program.
To find out more about the facility or holding a conference in the region, click here.
To discuss MESAP funding, contact the City Growth team on 9186 8555 or email citygrowth@karratha.wa.gov.au.
Victoria Hotel
In May 2019, the newly refurbished Victoria Hotel is set to officially open its doors to the public. 
This landmark redevelopment of the historical building located within the main street of Roebourne has improved the amenity within the town, providing a number of functional spaces including; library, retail and office space, visitor and cultural services.  
Led by the Yindjibardi Aboriginal Corporation, with funding from all levels of government, this truly has been a collaborative project. Find out more here.
Pilbara Universities Centre 
In November 2018, the Federal Government allocated $3 million in funding under the Regional Study Hubs Program to establish the Pilbara Universities Centre.
Modelled on the successful Geraldton Universities Centre, the PUC will partner with universities to provide supported distance mode learning. Offering a study hub, academic and tutorial support to local students enrolled in distance courses, the PUC is planning a soft launch for Semester 2, 2019, with the official launch scheduled for Semester 1, 2020. 
With the recent appointment of a director, the PUC is actively seeking a membership and board nominations for its AGM in May 2019. 
For more information email info@puc.edu.au
Karratha - Tom Price Road
In March 2019, the Federal Government made a pre-election commitment to contribute $248 million toward sealing the Karratha to Tom Price Road. This is in addition to the $50 million already committed by the WA Government in 2018.
Sealing this road will provide many benefits to the region, including connecting Karratha to the greater Pilbara, providing accessibility to Karijini National Park from Karratha and enabling drive-in, drive-out (DIDO) opportunities for isolated mine sites. Specifically, an economic model identified that should the Balla Balla Infrastructure Group Project engage a DIDO workforce, it could result in up to 850 workers residing locally, which would provide an estimated 1.718 billion to the economic output for the Pilbara region.
Construction of Stage 3, which includes the section of road from Karratha to Millstream Chichester National Park, is expected to commence in June 2019 and be completed by the end of 2019. For more information, click here